Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Purchasing a small long arm >

Purchasing a small long arm

Purchasing a small long arm

Old 09-18-2018, 04:23 AM
  #1  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 189
Default Purchasing a small long arm

I want to purchase a small long arm, and I am seriously looking at purchasing a Babylock Coronet. Does anyone have/use one? What are the pros and cons? Also, if you could purchase something different, what would it be? I don't have space for a larger long arm so I was looking at this. I only quilt for family and friends (not commercial), and I have only quilted on my domestic sewing machine. Thanks for all your help.

Last edited by QuiltnNan; 09-18-2018 at 04:32 AM. Reason: shouting/all caps
Little Lulu is offline  
Old 09-18-2018, 04:36 AM
  #2  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Va.
Posts: 4,410
Default

Since you have quilted on your domestic have you considered one of the sit down machines like the Babylock Tiara, Handiquilter Sweet16, etc. they don’t take up as much space as the frame systems? If you can FMQ on your domestic and are just looking for more room, these might be a good option for you to try out.

Rob
rryder is offline  
Old 09-18-2018, 08:47 AM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Reno, Nevada
Posts: 757
Default

I recently "graduated" from a HandiQuilter Sweet 16 (sit-down model where you move the fabric), to a Baby Lock Coronet (machine moves, fully regulated, etc. - just like a long arm, except only about 7' long instead of a monstrous full-size long arm.

When I'm working on an intricate pattern and need to sit down, I have a padded bar stool that puts me at just the right height. If I have a quick-traveling pattern (overall, meander, etc.), then I stand up.

I cannot say enough good stuff about the Baby Lock Coronet. Just make sure to keep the bobbin track cleaned and oiled and once you get your tension set for the thread you're using, it is a very, very dependable and consistent machine. All kinds of options to choose as well as an array of typically-expensive (any brand) attachments. I love the ruler base that attaches as wanted, though it will cut down the quilt area (length) about the width of the base.

I'd urge you to go for it. You should be very happy with the BL Coronet.
Jo Belmont is offline  
Old 09-18-2018, 10:09 AM
  #4  
mkc
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 430
Default

Take a look (do a search) on the Coronet, the HQ equivalent "Simply 16", the Littlefoot frame, and Brother's Dream Quilter and Dream frame. They are all the same concept - a smaller frame for a small longarm.

You will also want to find a dealer where you can try one, and ESPECIALLY understand what's involved in unmounting and remounting the quilt when needed, and that you will still have to baste the quilt layers before mounting on the frame.

They don't take up as much space as a traditional long arm where you don't need to baste the layers first, but a good sit down mid-arm with plenty of table space might be worth considering.
mkc is offline  
Old 09-19-2018, 04:18 AM
  #5  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 189
Default

Originally Posted by rryder View Post
Since you have quilted on your domestic have you considered one of the sit down machines like the Babylock Tiara, Handiquilter Sweet16, etc. they donít take up as much space as the frame systems? If you can FMQ on your domestic and are just looking for more room, these might be a good option for you to try out.

Rob
Thank you, Rob. I have just quilted using straight lines; however, thanks for the information about Handiquilter and Sweet 16.
Little Lulu is offline  
Old 09-19-2018, 04:19 AM
  #6  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 189
Default

I did not know that HandiQuilter makes Babylock's. I will take a look. THANKS.
Little Lulu is offline  
Old 09-19-2018, 04:20 AM
  #7  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 189
Default

Thank you for your help. This is great information that I need to help make my decision.
Little Lulu is offline  
Old 09-19-2018, 05:08 PM
  #8  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Alturas, CA
Posts: 9,170
Default

I ordered a 20" sit down Bailey earlier this year, under $3000, love it.
pocoellie is offline  
Old 09-20-2018, 04:54 AM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
Lucky Lady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Surry, Maine
Posts: 440
Default

If you have room for a bigger frame then I would do that. I have a 10 ft frame and glad I did. I can do a quilt put to 94” wide which is a good queen size if you like it hanging over the sides of the bed which I do.
Lucky Lady is offline  
Old 09-20-2018, 05:42 AM
  #10  
Super Member
 
d.rickman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,385
Default

I also have a 10 ft long arm, and find it easier on the arms, otherwise my arms bother me using a sit down machine.
d.rickman is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
vicky hudson
Introduce Yourself
15
09-14-2013 05:14 PM
frecklestweety
Main
16
05-31-2013 09:36 AM
quiltingshorttimer
Main
24
01-01-2013 09:55 PM
rburnitt
Main
18
01-06-2012 10:54 AM
lindy-2
Main
2
03-22-2011 06:42 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter


SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.